Scenic USA - Utah
The Wave - Coyote Buttes
|Photos by Rob Jones
Rob's Wave Trip Report
Catching this wave is far from any beachside resort, and by the way, it includes a six mile roundtrip desert trek as well. With a little bit of luck (there are a limited number of permits), a determined will and a good sense of direction, Coyote Buttes guests are guaranteed to be thrilled with their encounter with these sweeping sandstone waves. Some of these fortunate hikers have reported their trip to this sandstone sculpture was simply an incredible experience.
North Coyote Buttes falls under protection of the Paria Canyon - Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area. It is said that the trail to Coyote Buttes is only revealed after permits are secured. Rangers remind all hikers to pack out everything they brought in and trail conditions change continually. During the most popular spring and fall seasons, temperatures can be pleasant and temperatures ideal. During the summer months the hike can be extremely hot. The slickrock terrain radiates the heat in an already treeless desert locale. Thunderstorms and lightning can also be troublesome and roads in the area may become virtually impassable after a rain shower.
Pictured here is an avid hiker soaking up the splendor of this fragile environment where soft-soled footwear is a must. This photo indicates that the hike and all the pre-planning make it well worthwhile. Enjoy Coyote Buttes responsibly, one of the premier hikes just across the Utah-Arizona border!
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